Not wanting to create your typical corporate financial office space, this global investment firm opted for a fun, collaborative, and comfortable work environment for the renovation of its executive office suite. Lighting effects and decorative ceiling planes were used to define various open plan “neighborhoods.” Uplights were used to create a brighter sky to encourage collaboration, while other areas were primarily downlighted to promote quieter contemplative space.
Grande Cheese Home Office and Research CenterCorporate
|LOCATION:||Fond du Lac, WI|
|SIZE:||67,100 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||Grande Cheese Company|
|ARCHITECT:||Overland Partners | Architects|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Ryan Gobuty, Gensler; © Dror Baldinger, AIA|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Keith Yancey|
Transparency is a key design feature of the home office and research center for the Grande Cheese Company. Situated on 40 acres of pastoral countryside in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, this 70,000-square-foot facility consists not only of office space and research labs, but also industrial kitchens, dining spaces, a health clinic, wellness facility, library, café, reenergizing rooms, and various support areas. The glass walls of each area visually dissolve barriers between visitors and daily operations in cheese-making, but also promote interaction between employees of various departments. Since the views to the exterior landscape and inner courtyard are the primary visual drivers, the electric lighting was designed not only to unobtrusively support natural lighting during daylight hours, but to also promote transparency during early evening hours. Lighting hardware was mostly invisible and concealed in architectural details to indirectly wash ceilings and walls. Decorative lighting was carefully selected and located to add visual sparkle to the soft washes of electric lighting and daylighting. Each string of crisscrossing catenary lighting in the courtyard was individually programmed to highlight plantings and objects with different intensities, based on the season of the year. In addition to the changing ‘natural’ art in the courtyard, wall washes and accent lighting were used to highlight an extensive art program throughout the building. The lighting is all LED and dimmable, based on function, or automatically controlled, based on daylight availability or occupancy.
The renovations to the Johnson Addition of the Boston Public Library breathe life back into this 1970s-era building. Largely untouched since the building’s construction, the original lighting was harsh and monochromatic. The architect was tasked with modernizing the interior to meet the needs of today’s patrons and build in flexibility for future reconfigurations. The new design is inviting and youthful, with bold colors, a mixture of furniture styles and stack layouts, and much more open space. Following the contemporary and playful theme of the new design, the pendant lighting system runs asymmetrically to the building grid; this provides both visual interest and reliable illumination for a variety of new programs. Each special area has its own lighting flavor: whimsical for the children’s room, and tech/industrial for the teens’ section. The new study tables bordering the central atrium have modern table-mounted task lights with green fabric shades, recalling the classic green-glass reading lights in the adjoining original McKim, Mead and White building.